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by stevewaters
Tue May 26, 2020 2:40 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Highland Trail 2019
Replies: 49
Views: 748

Re: Highland Trail 2019

The Achness Hotel at Rosehall let me and another bikepacker pitch on their lawn and they left the back door open so that we could use the toilet etc and dry stuff off - superb. :smile:
That was in May 2019 so perhaps before the change of ownership.

https://www.strava.com/activities/2381340869
by stevewaters
Sun May 24, 2020 11:14 am
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Highland Trail 2019
Replies: 49
Views: 748

Re: Highland Trail 2019

Day 2 - Gripping stuff! The kids never get tired of seeing that pic of you in the feed sack :-)
by stevewaters
Sat May 23, 2020 12:45 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Virtual HT550
Replies: 11
Views: 212

Re: Virtual HT550

Fantastic ! - Looking forward to Day 2. With this and Karl's diary I am well happy now :smile:
by stevewaters
Sat May 23, 2020 12:40 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Highland Trail 2019
Replies: 49
Views: 748

Re: Highland Trail 2019

Thanks Karl. Great stuff !
Looking forward to tomorrow's already! - So used to box-set binging so good to have the anticipation and wait :-bd
by stevewaters
Sat May 23, 2020 12:22 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Highland Trail 550 - 2020
Replies: 125
Views: 6564

Re: Highland Trail 550 - 2020

sean_iow wrote:
Wed May 20, 2020 10:43 am
Here it is, brace yourself, it's Tropetastic*

https://youtu.be/5poYdjEMoN4
Thanks for the film. - We really enjoyed it. - The kids loved seeing the mini Deschutes - Will add this as a half-term project with them - but they will be nowhere near as grand as yours. :-bd
by stevewaters
Sat May 23, 2020 10:08 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Paramo Ostro and Ostro light - experiences?
Replies: 16
Views: 278

Re: Paramo Ostro and Ostro light - experiences?

I got a Velez Adventure Light smock after doing a wet ITT of the Highland Trail 550 last year and wanting a jacket that I could be confident of surviving severe weather in. I've used it loads over the autumn, winter and spring. Very pleased with it. It has side zips from chest down which help with v...
by stevewaters
Fri May 22, 2020 11:19 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: If we close up for a bit...
Replies: 753
Views: 19398

Re: If we close up for a bit...

I've said it before but I'll say it again anyway, there is no requirement to return home in the Act. The guidance they keep producing is just that, it is not the law. The law hasn't changed since the start of the lock-down. - Thanks. I might then have a go at the "Peak 200" as a local ITT in a coup...
by stevewaters
Fri May 22, 2020 12:03 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: If we close up for a bit...
Replies: 753
Views: 19398

Re: If we close up for a bit...

When the governments think of "Camping" they are going to be thinking camp sites with communal toilet and washing facilities. For that reason, it feels to me that camping will be one of the last things we will be explicitly allowed to do. The best we can hope for is the removal of the "must return h...
by stevewaters
Thu May 21, 2020 5:58 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: It's going to be mobbed.......
Replies: 22
Views: 417

Re: It's going to be mobbed.......

I did a MTB loop in the Peak today (to/from home). I had taken all my own food and water filter. However, half way round, I stopped at the Bradwell Coop for a nice cold drink and some fresh food. Nobody batted an eyelid. Bradwell is 12 miles from home. It is still in Derbyshire and still in England....
by stevewaters
Thu May 21, 2020 5:34 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Restrap route planning competition
Replies: 51
Views: 1154

Re: Restrap route planning competition

I rode my route today - Tough but good fun. It came in at 8,182 feet on my Wahoo.

- Very thankful to live where we do :-bd

https://www.strava.com/activities/3488640572
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by stevewaters
Wed May 20, 2020 8:19 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Highland Trail 550 - 2020
Replies: 125
Views: 6564

Re: Highland Trail 550 - 2020

Anyone planning an ITT this year assuming lock-down / restrictions are lifted before Julember? Not all, but perhaps part of it. Though, even if restrictions permit it, the welcome in some small communities may be uncertain for a bit. I've been a bit startled by the extreme reactions in my small vil...
by stevewaters
Sat May 16, 2020 12:43 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: New shelter time!
Replies: 28
Views: 619

Re: New shelter time!

Looks fantastic !
- What's the pack size like ?
-Are you selling the Deschutes ?- If so, I would be interested.
by stevewaters
Wed May 13, 2020 8:01 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: If we close up for a bit...
Replies: 753
Views: 19398

Re: If we close up for a bit...

There is obviously no such thing as "zero" risk in life. The Government cannot define every nuance of activity in our lives. The emphasis has moved now to us using our "common sense". It might be of interest to know what the latest advice is from the British Mountaineering Council (BMC) - A governin...
by stevewaters
Tue May 12, 2020 4:30 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: What tents do you lot use
Replies: 58
Views: 1468

Re: What tents do you lot use

Lunar Solo - I love this. - I grin from ear to ear whenever I pitch it and get in (and I'm 6'1"). Outdoor Research Helium Bivy bag (with midge head net) - For stuff like the Highland Trail where I might want/need to stop anywhere. - I can just about get changed in fully zipped up but would usually ...
by stevewaters
Thu May 07, 2020 5:17 pm
Forum: Classifieds
Topic: (SOLD): Alpkit Ordos 2 Tent (including Footprint) - Superb condition
Replies: 2
Views: 144

(SOLD): Alpkit Ordos 2 Tent (including Footprint) - Superb condition

I am selling our Alpkit Ordos 2 ultralight tent plus the optional footprint. Green colour. We have only slept in it a couple of times. - It is in superb condition. (The reason for selling is that we have adopted a child and so now need a 3-person tent instead!). [The price on the Alpkit website is c...
by stevewaters
Mon May 04, 2020 9:38 am
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: Moors One Hundred 2020
Replies: 47
Views: 3710

Re: Moors One Hundred 2020

Thanks. - Could I please be added to the list ?
by stevewaters
Mon May 04, 2020 9:34 am
Forum: MYOG
Topic: Turn any bivvy into a hooped bivvy*.
Replies: 23
Views: 820

Re: Turn any bivvy into a hooped bivvy*.

Nice ! - The alloy poles on my good old Pheonix Phoxhole GoreTex hooped bivvy have split in places and are held together with Gorilla tape, so I am interested in this as a potential replacement. The bag itself is over 20 years old and still works brilliantly well if a tad heavier than the latest mod...
by stevewaters
Thu Apr 30, 2020 11:33 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Bargain Alert Thread
Replies: 3135
Views: 531103

Re: Bargain Alert Thread

Question about Rock n Run for folk who've bought off them before. I bought a hammock in their Thermarest flash sale. When will it appear? That sale seems to be over now - well, all the hammocks have been bought. I received the MSR Carbon Reflex 3 tent in their recent flash sale on Tuesday. I ordere...
by stevewaters
Fri Apr 17, 2020 12:09 am
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Atlas Mountain Race 2020
Replies: 11
Views: 684

Re: Atlas Mountain Race 2020

Thank you for sharing that - it was a great read. - What an adventure ! :-)
by stevewaters
Thu Apr 16, 2020 11:10 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: map subscriptions
Replies: 25
Views: 1076

Re: map subscriptions

I love the "Fly Through" function for GPX routes with OS maps online. - I am using that to re-live the HT550 route. - It obviously doesn't make up for the cancellation of this year's event but helps me in to recall the experiences.
by stevewaters
Sun Apr 12, 2020 4:28 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Highland Trail 550 - 2020
Replies: 125
Views: 6564

Re: Highland Trail 550 - 2020

Absolutely !
I am consoling myself by regularly following the whole route using the "Fly Through" function on the OS Online mapping (3D Satellite mapping) on a relatively slow setting. - It's not much, but it helps me re-live it a bit.
by stevewaters
Fri Apr 10, 2020 10:32 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Restrap route planning competition
Replies: 51
Views: 1154

Re: Restrap route planning competition

Here's my one to/from our home in Chinley - including lots of popular Dark Peak climbs. - It's also an extension of Andy's route above to give a really big day out or a nice weekender! :-bd
2,688m in total with 70% of the distance off-road:

https://www.strava.com/routes/25286313
by stevewaters
Sun Apr 05, 2020 9:27 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: closing national parks, and imposing fines?
Replies: 44
Views: 1111

Re: closing national parks, and imposing fines?

I live on the edge of Peak park and have been exercising on the bikepacking bike, but staying "on-road" on quiet back lanes to minimise the risk of injury and to avoid touching any gates. There are plenty of popular outdoor spots around here that are not within the Peak park boundaries so I would th...
by stevewaters
Wed Mar 18, 2020 6:38 pm
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: Dales Divide 2020 .. who's going?
Replies: 84
Views: 4465

Re: Dales Divide 2020 .. who's going?

I had only just signed up to the Dales Divide 2020 yesterday after an Easter trip to Majorca was canned and then hearing about the news about the Highland Trail 550. Listening to the Cycling Podcast today about the experiences and thoughts albeit of pro road cyclists in counties such as Italy and Sp...